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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing; 2nd Edition edition (24 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857885252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857885255
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Growing up as a TCK has been a gift and has significantly shaped my life and work. As I interact with world leaders one day and with those living in refugee camps the next, I continually draw upon my experience of living among different cultures. I am delighted to see the lessons learned from the traditional TCK experience live on in this new edition of 'Third Culture Kids'.--Scott Gration, Maj. Gen. USAF (RET), President Obama's Special Envoy to Sudan

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Ruth E. Van Reken, herself an adult TCK and a parent and grandparent of TCKs, is author of one of the first books written about the TCK experience, Letters Never Sent. David C. Pollock worked with TCKs and adult TCKs for more than twenty years and logged thousands of miles conducting seminars and conferences for TCKs, their parents, and sponsoring organizations.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Carroll on 14 Dec. 2009
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Third Culture Kids is an interesting treatise on the effects on pthe personalities of kids forced (by their parent's decisions) to live outside of their birth country. The term Third Culture Kids, relates to the fact that these kids (and I am one) were neither part of their birth culture nor the culture of the country in which they were transplanted. Hence a third culture was coined to refer to the place between cultures occupied by these kids.

The book is comprehensive and deals with all aspects of how this affects the child and the Adult TCK too. I was particularly encouraged to read about the constant 'grieving' which TCK's find they live in and the affect of the ultra mobile lifestyle in terms of the lack of 'rootedness'. Both aspects that have plagued my life for many years!

A good book, but tends to be a bit too generic! Not everything that we are landed with is the result of living as a TCK!

Also i should say that not everything that stems from being a TCK is negative. The ability to make friends quickly, navigate around new places and discover common traits in any group of people are all good positive traits that this sort of upbringing instills into TCK's!

And as the new President of the USA is an AdultTCK I am in good company!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EJD on 28 Oct. 2012
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On returning to the UK after 18 years away (this time) and with an 11-year old child who had never lived in her passport country, I turned to this book for some guidance and ideas on how to make the transition less painful. It is a fascinating book - I raced through the pages. How I wish I had bought this book before! As a TCK myself, it turned out that not only did it have some ideas to help my child but it helped me understand that my instinctive responses to some situations were probably linked to my nomadic childhood, and had probably shaped the way I had guided how to emotionally deal with this move. Reading the book made me reconsider how important it is to look back whilst moving forward, to acknowledge the sadness of saying goodbye and to find a way to celebrate the memories of the places where we used to live. This book is essential reading for anyone who is bringing up children overseas, or who grew up overseas themselves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D&D TOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2014
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Essential reading for all expat parents and their children. This book resonated so profoundly for me that I bought a copy for everyone in my birth family: children of expats who were themselves children of expats.

It examines and explains the common experiences of those who spend a significant part of their development years outside their parents' home culture. Pros and cons are addressed, together with practical advice on how to deal with problems. The authors' understanding of the unique interpersonal and intrapersonal needs of children coming and going from culture to culture is both first-hand and well researched.

As a result of this book, I also suddenly realised that all my friends have grown up in more than one country or have links to more than one culture - and why so many of us are global nomads; some of us physically, all of us mentally so. There is so much clarification about our shared attitudes and beliefs.

I have since recommended this book to a number of TCKs and parents with TCKs - also to biracial/multiracial and bicultural/multicultural friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pat on 1 Nov. 2010
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This book really captures the feelings behind TCKs and makes sense of many of the issues that have affected children growing up into adults. It captures feelings from many different cultures and whether one is a child of military parents, diplomats, parents who move through work etc, it answers many of the questions that they have. As a ATCK, this book was of huge help to me making sense of my life. I read it through in about two days as I could not put it down. I really recommend this book for both parents and children.
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Poetry this ain't. It's written in the style of self-help literature and it goes on and on.

But I had one "aha" moment after the other as I was reading it.

It describes precisely how I felt as a five-year-old with inadequate English at the American Community School in Athens: because I was uncomfortable with my language skills I ended up befriending the other marginalized kids. When my mom volunteered to be a "tour guide for a day" the only two suspended kids in the whole class were in my group of five friends. I was OK academically, indeed the school pushed me up a grade, but my parents did precisely what this book says they should do: they pulled me out so I could get a fresh start somewhere else.

And it anticipates my dismay when my Greek-dad / Japanese-mom son answered "England" when I asked him if he was supporting Greece or Japan at the recent World Cup (and admonishes me about as much as my wife did for having shown my displeasure)

And it nails how bad it sounded to everybody when my partly French-raised Hungarian/American college roommate deplored the provincial attitudes of his peers from New Jersey.

That said, it's mainly a book about the sons and daughters of American missionaries, diplomats and army personnel who were stationed outside America. Them it covers comprehensively. Everybody else is in there just to make the book more complete.

A shorter and less ambitious book would be much easier to recommend.
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